The original plans for the redevelopment of the Beit building called for a cafe in the area where the sabbatical offices currently lie, however a number of Union clubs are looking to change that.
RCC Chair Mark Flower is to bring a paper to the next meeting of Council calling for the cafe to be replaced with a proper dance studio, with a sprung floor and mirrored walls. A number of clubs currently use the Mechanical Engineering foyer and JCR, but this limits their activities to the late evenings. The aim of the paper is to create a general purpose space which can cater to the needs of the dance clubs, whilst ditching a cafe of questionable need.
The cafe was originally proposed last year, with the suggestion that it be opened to the public to increase revenues. The profit from the new cafe was expected to be huge - much higher than current take from all the bars combined. However, sources in the Union at the time described figures from the business plan as "made up" and others have since expressed concerns over its viability or necessity. Adding yet another trading outlet when there are enough problems with the current ones is also seen as a bad move.
Creating Extra Space
Extra space will be created by the addition of a mezzanine level to the current gym, which will move to the top floor of the building. The mezzanine will hold a new student activities centre, with displaced meeting rooms from the top floor moved to the east wing basement.
These moves create space under the mezzanine, where it was originally proposed to put a games room, moving snooker tables down from the top floor and sabbatical offices up. The new plan would leave the snooker tables where they are, with offices moving under the mezzanine level holding SAC.
Mark Flower and the dance clubs are looking for 500 people to support the paper, to encourage Council to approve it. If you would like to show your support, you can contact Mark at [email protected]. Equally, anyone with objections should make them known too.